Songwriter David Simon took words written in collaboration with patients about what the hospice meant to them and turned it into a lushly harmonic, uplifting pop song. It was recorded at Diss Corn Hall under the direction of Suffolk-based musician-producers Ian Curnow and Phil Harding, who have worked with Kylie Minogue, Take That, Rick Astley and Talk Talk among many, many others.
“Always” will be available to download or stream from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify with profits going to the charity, or together with some other tracks on a limited-edition EP available from the choir, again with a percentage going to the charity.
The choir are delighted to be joining The Mayor of Ipswich, Cllr Sarah Barber, at the switching on of the Christmas lights at 6.45pm on Thursday 16th November. They are then holding a launch party in the Corn Exchange from 7-9pm which the mayor, hospice patients and staff, choir family and friends, the songwriter and producers will be attending.
Pop Chorus was founded by professional singer and vocal coach Yula Andrews in 2012, since which it’s grown to almost 250 members across 5 choirs around Ipswich and Felixstowe. The choir is a proud community partner with St Elizabeth Hospice, and presented a cheque for over £5,000 to charity Chief Executive Mark Millar at a sell-out concert at the Ipswich Corn Exchange in July. The hospice provides care for over 2000 people with progressive and terminal illnesses every year in East Suffolk and South Norfolk. Care is given wherever it is needed, primarily at home but also in the community and at the hospice. The services are provided free of charge but the independent charity last year had running costs of £10.5 million with only £2 million of that coming from the NHS.
“We’re thrilled to be recording such a beautiful song with such experienced producers.” said Yula. “It was very inspiring to hear from the patients what the hospice means to them, so we’re humbled to use our singing to help raise awareness and money for this vital local charity.”
Adrian Rawlinson, head of communications at St Elizabeth Hospice commented. “We cannot thank Yula and Pop Chorus enough. The quality of this song is beyond our wildest expectations. It is beautifully sung, professionally recorded, and produced, and the fact that the words have come from people who have experienced our care makes it even more special. It deserves to be very successful.”
The choir are hoping that with support from local people and businesses, they can achieve enough downloads of the song to get into the charts and maybe even reach the coveted top spot!
For more information visit www.popchorus.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Yula on 07788 585441.